Added Jan 5, 2011
Pine Bush, New Y...
I am really into New England/Rustic style right now. Sadly, I really can’t afford brands like L.L. Bean Signature or Lands End Canvas. I recieved the L.L. Bean’s Signature and saw this beautiful dress but couldn’t afford the $112 price (like always!) but I realized I had a VERY similar fabric in my stash. Mine is a bit more heavy because I’m assuming the dress is made out of a thin shirt-weight to get that nice pleating. But the upside is mine is 100% wool flannel, perfect for the cold weather. I didn’t have enough yardage for sleeves so I ended up having to patch scraps together to make the gathered sleeve, but it worked well enough. Mom thinks it needs new buttons but I haven’t been able to find any I like besides the ones in my stash. I put two patterns together, a vintage shirtwaist 7447 pattern and the skirt pieces 5380 from McCall (which is out of print). It has the three row of horizontal tucks just like the dress, but didn’t have any left overs for the ruffle around the hem and the collar. Unfortunately I left my Rowenta iron in the my dorm for the winter break so the seams/tucks haven’t officially been pressed yet.
2.5 wool flannel, 12 inch zipper on the side, 3 buttons. Probably didn’t spend more than $30 on the project (got the wool at a ridiculous sale last summer).
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